Monthly Archives: February 2014

Inspired by Pet Sounds


I was listening to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds tonight and was inspired by the song “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” Such a wonderful, fitting song. I think quite a few calligraphers like myself must feel the same, wishing we can get into a time machine and travel back to the Golden Age of Penmanship!

I haven’t really done much watercolor before this – I think the last time I did was in high school, and I wasn’t very good. Years later, after using a brush to write letterforms, I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable painting with it. Now I can say it’s fun rather than frustrating. Why oh why am I always a late bloomer? ;)

I guess I just wasn’t made for these times.

Blackletter: Textura to Fraktur


Photo by my teacher

Re-posting the photo from my teacher. See how much fun we have in calligraphy class? :)

The last class of Blackletter was this week. I learned a lot and really enjoyed this age-old letterform! It took me a while to “warm up” to Gothic. I found Textura really difficult because it is so structured, but I incorporated it into a fun Halloween project. Once we started moving to Fraktur, I started to like Blackletter more and more. Around Thanksgiving, it began to feel more comfortable and I was able to see some progress.

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